How old was your pet when it died?

United States
July 1, 2010 5:14pm CST
In October 2008 a cat that I'd adopted from my foster mom, died at the age of 20. A few months later, in January 2009, her other cat that I'd adopted when she died, also passed, at the age of 18. Yesterday I discovered my Char was dead. He would only have been 9 years old this coming fall. We had him since he was a kitten and he was such a good cat. I assume his early death was due to the fact that he spent a good portion of his life being allowed outdoors.. they say that shortens a cat's life expectancy. (Foster mom's cats never went outside until they came to live with me). We're very sad about it, and though he showed no signs of his life ending, we still can't help but to wonder if there was something we could have done to prevent it. If you've lost a pet, how old was it when it died?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Jul 10
Sunshine was 7 when he got out and we never saw him again. Before that, it was Fluff. She was 16 and sneaked out when we were having the twins' birthday party. Some dogs got her, we think. She was so healthy, she probably would have lived until 20. Tiger was 12, kidney disease. Lady was 14, we're not sure what got her. Pounce and Muffin were both around 10, cancer. Jinx was only 5, he had feline leukemia. :-(
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Jul 10
Dawn saves the day. lol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
thanks for the BR
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
1 Jul 10
There was not probably anything that you could have done about it. I am amazed that your cats lived so long. It is upsetting but I am sure that you can take consolation in knowing that he lived a lovely life with you
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
2 Jul 10
I have lost kittens and adult cats of all ages. Most recently, a seven year old, who developed a urinary blockage. I hear that is not uncommon in adult male neutered cats. I have had to put to sleep at least one who was eighteen or older, because she would not survive the treatment she needed. It makes you sad, when a large part of your live just disappears like that.
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@AmbiePam (50434)
• United States
2 Jul 10
Holy cr@p girl, I'm so sorry. I know there is nothing I can do, but I really wish there was.
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@jlydsnr (122)
• United States
1 Jul 10
Last Jan I lost my dog Angel at the age of 7. It was 3 weeks before her 7th birthday. She got out of our backyard through a whole in the fence and was hit by a car. I had her since she was 5 weeks old. To me it was like losing a child. I still miss her dearly but I know she is in a better place.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
1 Jul 10
My last pet was 13....a cocker/springer mix....he got cancer of the bowels...I still miss him!
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@TeamCholent (2843)
• United States
23 Jul 10
I remember my 2nd dog I ever grew up with like it was just yesterday we got to meet. Benjy was being given away by his parents after him and the siblings coming to this world. I went with my dad to pick out a Golden Labrador and in the end it picked me out, coming over to me(as a young child) and playing with me, it felt like love at first site(pet owners can relate). We spend hours together playing, swimming and just having fun. I grew older and went overseas to study for a bit and came home to found out after 14 years my Benjy got cancer and was put down :( For the next week I felt sick in my stomach, Benjy was always there for me and I couldn't spend his last moments on earth together. We never did get another Golden Labrador.
@sacmom (14314)
• United States
18 Jul 10
I just lost one of my dogs a few days ago (back on the 9th of this month). I had him since he was just a pup. He would have been 7 years old in September...